Southeast Asian anime film distributor Odex has been warning audiences in Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia over and over not to record or take photos of the movies they are watching in the theater. Posting photos of the screen can be considered piracy, and it is a crime in many Southeast Asian countries. And with One Piece Stampede hitting the Philippines, a few viewers posted images of what they watched online, as well as videos. Odex Philippines posted about this, and warned viewers not to post. They also provided several example images:

In their statement, Odex said:

Dear all

It has come to our attention that someone has posted on YouTube a video clip from ONE PIECE STAMPEDE movie, we have traced the leak to be from the Philippines’s cinema.

We have painstakingly re-build the trust with Japanese copyright owners with a clean slate since the 2017 cinema video recording incident, now our anime community have taken another beating on credibility.

We need your help to stop video recording in the cinemas.

Our South East Asia anime cinema ticket sales is tiny compared to countries such as Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, USA and Europe. If there are more and more video leaks from cinemas in South East Asia, Japanese copyright owners will have no second thoughts to cut us off completely so as to protect their big markets.

The actions of a few inconsiderate people who just want to show off that they are watching the movie could lead to dire consequences. Not only the perpetrator may land in jail or get fined, but the rest of us will see the end of anime movie releases in South East Asia.

Please help spread the word and if you see someone recording the movie with their handphone, please tell them to stop and delete it.

If the person refuse to delete the video recorded, please inform the cinema staff.

Video recording in cinema is a criminal offence in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, & the Philippines.

With your help, we will be able to continue putting up the best anime movies in our local cinemas.
Please message us in Facebook if you find video clips of ODEX anime movies being taken from cinema.

Odex also posted the message in their main FB page for Singapore, their Malaysian page, and also their Indonesian page. The matter isn’t limited to the Philippines alone, as Odex pointed out several offenses. Philippines, as well as Malaysia, Indonesia, and unfortunately, Singapore, might get blacklisted and not get anymore anime movies. This has happened before, with anime movies in Indonesia getting postponed because some movie-goers recorded images inside the theater. Malaysia also received several warnings about this, as well as Singapore.

Lately, we’ve experienced a huge boom in anime movies from Japan hitting movie theaters all over the Southeast Asian region. This is all thanks to several Southeast Asian movie distributors like ODEX Private Ltd., Purple Plan, and Encore Films striking deals with Japanese companies to give us more and more Japanese movies. In fact, thanks to them, we’re not just getting anime movies, but also live-action films from Japan, as well as Japanese concerts getting streamed inside cinemas.

However, this period of anime movie distribution for the region is under threat, and sadly, it may be the Southeast Asian anime fans themselves causing this threat. As the number of anime movies getting shown in cinemas grow, so do people recording movies with their cellphones. Of course, Video recording or taking a photo of a movie in the cinema is a CRIMINAL OFFENCE in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam, so the threat of jail time for those recording movies will always be there. However, such acts also threaten the distributors of these movies. Every time an audience member whips out his/her camera and starts recording, the trust between the distributors and the Japanese companies making these films are breached.

While piracy may be the main reason for some people recording the movie inside cinemas, others just like showing off. Several incidences of anime fans going live on Facebook and streaming an anime movie (like No Game, No Life Zero) have been reported across the ASEAN region. While one could argue that they were just showing off that they are watching the movie and just streaming it live on social media, such behavior could lead to dire consequences. Not only would the one recording land in jail or get fined, but the rest of us would suffer as well. And yes, Japanese companies might reconsider handing distribution rights for anime movies for the entire region just because some idiot couldn’t resist showing off on social media.

Film piracy is a huge problem in the entire South East Asian region, and hopefully, this incident won’t lead to any more repercussions for anime fans in our region.

And finally, we end this in the words of the staff from Odex:

We need anime fans in the cinema to help stop such inconsiderate acts.

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source: Odex Philippines


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